emerging markets

'Green fields' of insurance growth

Photo©ReutersAfrica's insurance markets are expanding more slowly than other emerging regions', but major groups are looking to enter new markets, which could speed things along.

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Finance: Fitch sees Brazil, Middle East/Africa region vulnerable to 2016 downgrades

Emerging markets face another wave of ratings downgrades next year, with Brazil at risk of a cut to junk and the Africa/Middle East region potentially given a 'negative outlook', Fitch Ratings' top sovereign analyst said in an interview.

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Trade: JP Morgan index set to drop half its Nigerian bonds

Photo©ReutersHalf the Nigerian bonds listed on JP Morgan's emerging markets bond index (GBI-EM) will be removed on Wednesday and the rest in September, the U.S. bank said on Tuesday.

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Coal becomes commods' first victim of emerging-market woes

Photo©ReutersThe rout in emerging markets is starting to spill into commodities, with coal prices tumbling as much as 10 percent this month as utilities in developing economies slash orders.

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South African rand struggles amid mining strikes

South African currency, the Rand. Photo©ReutersThe South African rand made some gains on Tuesday after the currency had hit fresh lows on Monday, although experts warn it will face more pressure in the coming days, as emerging markets go through an uncertain period.

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Transparency: Emerging players are catching up

Photo©FotoliaA new breed of emerging market multinational is lagging behind established global companies when it comes to overall transparency, but not by much.

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South Africa's rand weakens as Fed taper talk weighs on emerging markets

Photo©ReutersSouth Africa's rand turned weaker against the dollar on Thursday after strong gains overnight, with the latest U.S. Federal Reserve minutes pointing to a scaling back of stimulus, which would take billions of dollars out of emerging markets.

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South Africa gets tough with Europe and chummy with BRICS

South Africa cemented its new alliances by hosting the BRICS summit in March 2013/Photo©ROGAN WARD/REUTERSSouth Africa's changing diplomatic strategy is well illustrated by its relations with the European Union (EU) on the one hand and the emerging markets BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China) club on the other.

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World commodity prices to remain stable in 2013 - Report

Photo©ReutersCommodity prices globally drifted down for the most part of 2012 and are expected to remain stable this year, according to the 2013 Global Monitoring Report (GMR).

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Tewolde Gebermariam: Most growth comes from BRICs

altFor the third year running, Ethiopian Airlines was Africa's most profitable airline in 2010. After a challenging first year since he took over Tewolde Gebremariam outlines the airline's strategy.

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Africa Company Outlook: turbulence

altAfrican companies avoided the worst of the 2008 financial crisis. Now they are preparing to fend off commodity-price fluctuations and the impact of the European debt crisis.

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Solid or Crumbling BRICS?

The BRICS countries represent 40 percent of the global economy/Photo/ReutersChina is the only country among the Brics bloc not to be affected by the unstable world economy. The emerging economies of Brazil, Russia, India and South Africa have all been affected by recent market upheavals.

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Can I share your Smartphone?

altNew communication models could see consumers inserting their SIM cards into wireless payphones or renting handsets to use with their personal telephone numbers.         

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A rebound for African private equity

altPrivate-equity fundraising has recovered in 2010, but it has not been matched by an increase in spending or the tapping of African pension funds         

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